We’re all a little bit delusional. We believe that Michael Jordan was meant to play basketball, that Tiger Woods was predestined to be a golfer. We believe the path of Bill Gates led straight to prosperity, and Steve Jobs understands success better than he understands failure. We ignore the fact that achieving this level of success takes time, not just talent, and that achieving victory is a struggle with many setbacks along the way. We’re blinded by the outcome and ignore the journey.
The truth is that these people have likely failed, but they never quit. Quitting is different than failing. Quitting is what you do after you fail, or after you’ve been met with an unexpected obstacle. Quitting is what you do when you lack motivation to push ahead. The MLM industry is riddled with people who try and quit, but if everyone would let their obstacles get to them, no one would succeed. We can learn more from our failures than we can our victories, and if we have the right mindset, losing helps us push forward stronger and faster. Embrace defeat, learn to love failure, and move on.
5 Reasons to Love Failure
1. We learn more. When we achieve rapid growth and are rarely met with any major obstacles along the way, we tend to become overconfident in our entrepreneurial abilities. Overconfidence can lead to dismissal of changes in the market, dips in customer satisfaction, or of new innovations or business practices. When we experience failure, we turn an ear toward the outside factors that are constantly changing, and we learn to ride the fluctuations in the market and adapt to the altering needs of our customer base.
2. When we fail, we ask ourselves why. When we’re figuring out why we failed, we’re getting to the heart of the issue and finding a solution. We go through the process of solving a problem, so when it arises again, it’s more easily avoided or fixed.
3. We fear less. The first cut is always the deepest, but everything thereafter gets easier. When we’ve tried and failed at things, we become less afraid of doing it the second time around, and we dare to take more risks because we’re less afraid of falling down. If we’re not falling down, we’re not jumping high enough.
4. We appreciate success more when we know failure. When we’re truly passionate about what we do, we make it a part of our identity. When we fail, we feel it is a part of us, and we really let it get us down. But everyone fails. When someone says they’ve never failed at anything, they’re lying. If we pick yourself up and go at it stronger than before, the success we’re met with at the end is all the more sweeter. That’s when we can shed the losses we’ve been carrying around with us and assume the new identity of success.
5. We have a reliable source of information. And that reliable source is our own notes. If we keep track of our failures and our reactions, we can look back at our records the next time around and pinpoint what went wrong, and we can analyze how we handled it and decide what we want to do differently.
Make Your Failures Work For You
Think of the journey to success as a winding path. Instead of heading straight toward your goal, it curves and dips and bends. But with every one of these turns, there is something new to see, something new to learn, and the journey wouldn’t be complete without them. Don’t stop going just because the road is curvy. Learn to love failure. Stay motivated and don’t be afraid to keep pushing ahead; failure is only failure if you don’t get back up again. Otherwise it’s opportunity.